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Tahoe Food Hub sees big growth as restaurants seek sustainable sources

Sierra Sun- North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, July 18, 2015 – GRASS VALLEY, Calif. — Building a regional, sustainable and equitable food system is hard work — and no one knows that better than Susie Sutphin.

Catching up with Sutphin, executive director of the Tahoe Food Hub, on a weekend is tricky. She juggles. She wears many hats. She talks fast.  “Sundays are one of my busiest days,” she said at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 12, between ordering food for a big event, making deposits and paying bills. “We are in a big growth spurt. We’re trying to play our cards right so we’re sustainable.  “I don’t want to put the brakes on, but I also need to know how much we can handle.”

Tahoe Food Hub is a nonprofit organization that works to restore local food distribution by building a regional food system for North Lake Tahoe.  It is increasing access to nutritious, ecologically grown food by creating a network of farms within 100 miles of North Lake Tahoe and connecting them to restaurants, small grocers, schools and hospitals.  As many as 17 farms from Nevada County supply food for the project, along with 25 farms in the surrounding foothill and valley farming communities of Auburn, Newcastle and Penryn.

Some local Nevada County farms include: Super Tuber Farm, Riverhill Farm, Sweet Roots Farm, Early Bird Farm, Dinner Bell Farm and First Rain Farm.  “Susie has been awesome to work with. She helps us by giving our samples to restaurants, and advocating on our behalf. I can’t talk enough about how she is a great support for us,” said Drew Speroni of Early Bird Farm, who supplies vegetables and grains to the hub twice a week. This is his first season farming.

Read the entire article online at Sierra Sun.